Yes I have a new brand new combo, rod and reel!
And that is some really cool stuff, that I am super happy to have won.
Yes you read it right, this is a combo that I won, for being fourth at the end of the year; in the 2014 Top End Barra Series, this prize was offered by the competition sponsor Fishing and Outdoor World.
(F&OW even swapped the reel for me, as I needed a left hand one, and they had first offered a right hand one. Now this is what I call a great sponsor)
So what it is?
- A St.Croix bait caster fishing rod.
- A Curado 201I fishing reel.
I am really happy with the reel, as a new reel is alway great. Specially when it is the last model.
(And yes I had looked at them online)
But for the rod... It is like a dream come true, as I had looked at the St.Croix many times at the shop, but never bought one, as they were just out of my price range for fishing tackle.
Here are some quick pics made with my phone:
My new fishing rod.
My new fishing reel.
I have had this combo for a week now, but could not find the time to really use it.
Yesterday morning, I did go to the shore for a very short time, just to make some test casts.
And I can tell you that this brought me a great pleasure.
It cast like a charm, long cast without pain.
Now does the rod load well under pressure?
Well I am still dreaming of catching a good Barramundi with it to see how it would handle it, and if the reel has a good wind on capability.
You see I was just testing it in a very beautiful seating:
Fannie Bay in the morning.
But honestly, I was more thinking of catching a Queenfish, or even a small Trevally than anything else.
As I was testing my new toys just there, I saw Chonga, come along with some mates of him, and after we had a little chat, he started to fish, and quickly got a nice Golden Snapper; on a lure, just from the shore...
Some people have all the talent!
I moved a just bit further away to a little beach, and continued to cast, using a top water lure, the DUO Realis Pencil 110.
This is a lure that has caught me some Queenfish in the past, and I was thinking that it would be good to get one now.
This is about when I saw a very quick and small flash of silver, and felt something hitting my lure.
Game on, I had a fish on the line!
But wait, did I already lost it?
No, I can still feel it, the silly bugger must have been swimming toward me.
So close to the shore, and I still can't see it, what is it?
Not really much of a fight, but it is still a fish, and a fish is a fish...
And it came to me feet, on the sandy beach...
Baby Long Tom on the lure.
Yes it was a young Belonidae, or Long Tom as they are commonly known in Australia.
It made me laugh that this little guy could have been so greedy as to take on a lure nearly as big as itself.
I made just a quick photo of it, and released it so it could grow bigger. I am sure that with a temper as this it will become a terror in the neighbourhood...
So Yes, the rod and reel are an absolute pleasure to fish with, even if I am yet to catch a good fish with it.
Still dreaming of that elusive big Mama Barra on it, and can't wait to meet her.
But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,